How to Set Up Your Science Interactive Notebook

As requested, I'm posting about my science notebooking. Last year our district adopted FOSS kits for our science curriculum.  FOSS has notebooking imbedded into their curriculum. We took what they had to offer and adapted it to the needs of our district.

Just like the math notebook, the students make their cover page.

Table of Contents

We start each unit by making a page for a word wall / word bank.

Following the word bank/wall is a double page spread that has a concept map.

We work on the concept map together and when we are satisfied with what we have as a class, they students put it in their notebook. The word wall and concept map replace the vocabulary index and definitions that we have in our math journals.

We tape our lab sheets and any data we collect inside the notebooks.

We also include drawings.

We have readers that go along with the kits. I have questions that the students answer in their notebooks.  Sometimes I have a strip of paper with the questions or a full sheet which we tape inside.

The rest of our notes get put into interactive foldable notes.

You can find these and many more interactive notebook pages in my TpT store.

Do you use science journals?  What works for you?

Did you try notebooking after my math notebooking post? Tell us how it is going. Do you have more questions now that you have started to notebook?  

Please feel free to share your successes, questions or concerns you might have about notebooking.


  1. Foss Kits! I loved the Foss kits that we used to have in our district. Your Science notebooks look great. I need to do more with Science this next year, thanks for the ideas:)

    1. I have more science posts coming this summer, keep an eye out for them!